• PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    VIDEO JOURNALISTS

    The aim of this training is to show each journalist or producer how
    to get to the point where the story always comes first

  • PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    VIDEO JOURNALISTS

    The aim of this training is to show each journalist or producer how
    to get to the point where the story always comes first

  • PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    VIDEO JOURNALISTS

    The aim of this training is to show each journalist or producer how
    to get to the point where the story always comes first

  • PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    VIDEO JOURNALISTS

    The aim of this training is to show each journalist or producer how
    to get to the point where the story always comes first

  • PDV-Welcome
    PDV Digital Cinema Training

    VIDEO JOURNALISTS

    The aim of this training is to show each journalist or producer how
    to get to the point where the story always comes first

Video camera training for journalists

Journalists using video cameras to record stories is an exciting development in the domain of news and current affairs. There are many advantages, as most journalists know the essence of a good story. The aim of this training is to provide journalists with enough knowledge to not just successfully construct the video story, but to inspire and encourage individual creativity along the way. Above all, knowing how to use the camera equipment is a real confidence builder.

Story first

Video journalism requires some basic knowledge of film language to successfully translate a good story into an engaging video story, however the concentration needed to operate the camera can draw attention away from the story at hand. The aim of this training is to show each participant how to get to the point where the story always comes first. Message for a quote or call 0418 169 955 to discuss your particular requirements. PDV Digital Cinema is based in North Sydney however training can be arranged in other centres.

What you will learn

  • Course overview

    Cinematographer and qualified trainer Pieter de Vries ACS will pass on a wealth of techniques gleaned from years of shooting award-winning international productions in more than one hundred and eighty five countries and territories

    Pieter’s background includes extensive work in ABC TV news and current affairs and he will demonstrate step by step, the right camera and audio setups and how to best capture a news story, all in an easy to digest style.

    The course also involves participating in a dedicated location shoot in the surrounding North Sydney area and along the way you’ll get to use some of the latest video tools. Please visit the Training Gallery for images of the venue and the beautiful surrounds of North Sydney

  • Shooting in Manual & Auto

    Pieter’s unique training teaches both technical and creative facets of shooting video news stories. Participants will be shown how to configure the camera and to be in control of every adjustment, freeing them to focus totally and safely on the story at hand. We will cover:

    USING AUTO & MANUAL
    • Setting correct exposure using zebras
    • Camera buttons, dials & menus explained
    • Correctly setting colour balance
    • Neutral Density filters – the shutter speed traps
    • Recording formats, codecs, frame & data rates
    • Editing export settings for uploads and news servers

    CAMERA MOVEMENT
    • Following action – handheld, tripod & monopod
    • When & how to use a tripod & fluid head
    • Keeping an eye on sharp focus

     

  • Capturing news stories with the edit in mind

    Being able to use a video camera is fast becoming an integral skill for journalists. Recording news stories plays the key role in this training. Regardless of whether you shoot with a DSLR, Mirrorless or Video camera, defining that news story with a camera requires you to think on your feet. We will cover:

    SHOOTING WITH THE EDIT IN MIND
    • Ensuring that you record enough material
    • Capturing the right mix of shots
    • Quickly defining the best camera angles
    • Using the 16:9 frame for informative composition

    USING LIGHTS AND NATURAL LIGHT
    • Recording your own PTC
    • How to use available exterior light
    • Shooting with available interior light

    INTERVIEWS
    • Clean audio – configuring a basic audio setup
    • Configuring wireless microphones
    • Simple lighting techniques for interviews
    • Finding the best locations for interviews

     


WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Regular clients include:

  • Department of Defence, Canberra
    Australian Federal Police
    Australian Film Television & Radio School
    XYZ Networks
    Granada Television
    The Telecommunications Ombudsman
    Canon Australia
    ANU College of Asia Pacific Studies
    Ahi Media Lae PNG
    Emap Magazines
    Seven Network
    NRMA
    Dept of Communications
    Ten Network
    Destiny Financial Solutions
    Sony Australia & New Zealand
    Orion Expedition Cruises
    Silversea Cruises (USA)